Data protection — a warning to bloggers

By Fraser Robertson

In the recent case of AB and Others v Syvret [2013] JLC 170, the Royal Court had to consider for the first time in Jersey (in a civil context) the impact of the regulatory regime in Jersey under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2005 (DPL) upon online blog sites.

It further had to determine important subsidiary issues such as the ongoing tension between the European convention right to free speech on the one hand and the convention right to privacy and the rights of individuals under the DPL on the other. The case also led to the court providing further guidance and observations on the governing principles in relation to private hearing reporting restrictions and contempt-of-court issues.

The case was relatively high profile on the island as it concerned the operation by the respondent who was a former member of the States of Jersey (the Jersey parliament) and who had served as a member of the Jersey government…

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